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Changes to social care

On 7 September 2021, the Government announced plans to reform social care in England. These plans include changing the rules around state funding for social care.

The announcement has caused a lot of discussion, and you might have heard different reactions to the plans in the news or online. But it's important to remember that, until the proposed changes come into force, the current funding rules still apply.

What are the proposals?

The Government proposes to:

  • introduce a 'cap' on how much an individual has to spend on personal care costs over their lifetime, set at £86,000
  • increase the capital thresholds for means-tested social care funding to £20,000 and £100,000.

These changes are expected to come into force in October 2023.

Where can I get more information?

Age UK can't give you advice about how the Government's plans may affect you, as they're only proposals at this stage.

But the Government has published information about their plans on their website.

Current information about social care funding

We have information to help you understand how care costs work under the rules as they stand now. Find out more here.

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Last updated: Sep 24 2021

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